Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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PINE ISLAND — It was around the end of Kelly Leibold's cancer treatments where she considered running for public office. Leibold has attended city meetings since she was 16, an unconventional move for a young person, across any generation. Now in a few weeks, at just 22 years old, Leibold will be attending city meetings in a more official nature: as a council member. Leibold loves Pine Island. From the parks and Douglas Trail, she has served on multiple committees and volunteered. There's no other path she could see for herself.
While it may not have been how she envisioned her art career, Kate Bauman loves to sink her hands into some clay. Bauman, who grew up in Lake City and returned to the area in the mid-2000s, revels in the physical, textural elements of art. It's about getting her hands dirty. "I fell in love with clay because I just love the feel of it," Bauman said. "You can transform it into just about anything." Bauman has tried many different forms of art, including painting or drawing, but said she always finds herself adding those textural elements.
WELCH — There probably isn't a time in Taylor Offtermatt's young life where a horse wasn't around. Taylor, 12, said she got up on her first horse when she was only 2 years old and started barrel racing just six years later. Now, the Welch resident and Cannon Falls seventh-grader is less than one month away from competing in the top barrel racing event in the country. Barrel racing wasn't even a competition her family was heavily involved with, Taylor's mother, Dianne Offtermatt said.
A Prescott man was arrested on Nov. 6 after violating a harassment restraining order and sexually assaulting a Goodhue County woman, authorities say. Robert Lee Dullum, 36, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, domestic assault, and violating a restraining order. All are felony charges.
Bluff Country Campground has a new owner in the form of the Village of Bay City. The village approved the purchase of the campground back in April, after Village President James Turvaville called it "a good business proposition" after a September board meeting. The village purchased the property from previous owner and Bay City resident Donald Peavey for $300,000, the appraised value of the property according to Turvaville.
When it comes to growing apples at Sogn Valley Orchard, John Zimmer wants it to be as efficient as possible. Buying an orchard isn't a common thing, according to Zimmer. They're usually passed down in a family from each generation. But 11 years ago, Zimmer said he was looking for a new challenge and driving to the orchard located off of County 9 Blvd., tucked away among some sporadic homes in Dennison, was interesting to him. With a farming background, Zimmer said he saw the potential for the land and decided to take it over, wanting to redesign the orchard.
A couple accused of threatening employees at gunpoint were extradited to Goodhue County and booked in the county jail on Oct. 5. Michael James Berry, 39, and Natasha Renae Berry, 40, were arrested in Jackson County, Ohio, on June 9, just a day after holding Crothall Laundry employees at gunpoint, court documents show. On June 5, Michael James Berry was inquiring about getting his old job back at the laundry service. Stephen Fisher, the operations manager of the laundry service, asked Michael James Berry to fill out a job application.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on Sept. 13 that Jim Caturia, of Cannon Falls, won the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Caturia's painting of a gadwall was selected among 19 entries. It was Cautria's first time winning the contest. In a phone interview with the Republican Eagle, Caturia said he's been doing competition's like this since he was in high school.
The human remains found July 14, 2018, in West Newton were that of David John Sheridan, a boater who had been missing since late-April, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. The remains were identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension through a DNA match, according to the Sept. 7 news release. Sheridan, 61, of Pepin, had taken his Dragonfly sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin and was reported missing after the boat was found unoccupied the following morning.
KENYON — Pulling up to L&R Poultry, you may be greeted by a curious hen. On the 72-acre Kenyon farm, the 300 laying hens are working hard, pumping out 430 dozen eggs per month. They're free range as well, walking near the woods, taking the conventional dirt bath to rid their feathers of potential parasites. Not far down the road, fields of squash, potatoes and organically grown, no-till vegetables grow as well.